In the Premier League, Aston Villa will welcome Manchester City on Wednesday night. To win another Premier League title in the last four seasons under Pep Guardiola, Citizens require to achieve more 11 points. Below is the update on predictions and lineups Aston Villa vs Manchester City scheduled to kickoff at 12:45 am IST on 22nd April 2021.
Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz, Nakamba; Traore, Watkins, El Ghazi
Grealish recently suffered a new setback while he was recovering from a painful shin issue, hence Villa is expected to remain without the England midfielder until early May.
In the defeat to Liverpool, Trezeguet sustained a knee injury and could miss the rest of the season, Anwar El Ghazi likely to replace the Egypt winger on the left flank. Otherwise, Smith could name an unchanged XI as he looks to pack the midfield once again.
Due to a minor knock to the knee, Morgan Sanson should be named among the substitutes having been rested for the trip to Anfield, but the match against Man City is likely to come too soon for Wesley, who will hope to feature at some point before the end of the campaign as he continues to work his way back to full fitness following a serious knee injury.
Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko; Silva, Rodri, Gundogan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
After seeing City’s lead at the top of the table dwindle in recent weeks, Guardiola will be forced to field a stronger lineup. He rested several players in the Premier League loss at home to Leeds United last time out.
Ederson, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez, and Bernardo Silva were all named as substitutes against Chelsea on Saturday and are expected to return to the starting lineup.
City would miss De Bruyne on their visit to Villa Park after the 29-year-old suffered foot and ankle injury at Wembley, although no timetable for his return to the first-team action has been given.
Sergio Aguero could miss out again having been left out of the last two squads due to what Guardiola described as a “number of niggles,” with Gabriel Jesus potentially leading the line as a more orthodox striker once more.
Aston Villa vs Manchester City Prediction
It’s difficult to see Villa putting a glove on City without Grealish. Man City will be desperate to avenge recent losses to Leeds and Chelsea. We expect City to win a close match on Wednesday but a victory will go a long way toward winning the club’s second league title, and.
Our Prediction: Aston Villa vs. Manchester City 0-2
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